Saturday, April 24, 2010

Babies

One of my good friends is having a baby, so I took my mother's brilliant advice and made a few quilted baby bibs!

More pics and explanation on Mem-Hey.

I've also been working on my tree blocks for my first baby quilt. My trunks are cut and matched to the branches. Now there are 52 trees to sew together...



And circles! Last week I began cutting circles for my yellow/gray baby quilt. This week I cut the first of the background blocks that will pepper the white backing.

Whee! Babies on the brain!

Sunday, April 18, 2010

The Workroom

Oh lovely spare room, how much I shall miss you when the next housemate moves in! Until then, I appreciate how well you accommodate my ironed fabrics awaiting the shears.

Baby Quilt #2: yellow and gray raw-edged appliqued circles. JOY!

Fabrics for the piece I'm creating to celebrate my best friend's wedding. She's red, he's tie-dye, and they're both brilliantly black and white. Not sure exactly what they'll turn into, but I have high hopes it will be as striking as they are. Mazl tov, Dan and Diane!

Finishes!

YAY!!!

I've been wanting to make one of these for awhile. I'd attempted it first in bleached muslin that I'd painted, but it ended up being too long (fantastic as a skirt, though). Then my roommate decided my hand-me-down pillows were too allergenic to bother covering, and I had an epiphany!

Ta-da! Repurposed pillow cotton! Is it a nightie? Is it a sundress? Whatever it is, it's made of one of my favorite things: REMNANTS! No, not the circles and squares. That's all a print. But the skirt and the chest pieces and straps are all remnants.

I made it long enough to wear to work, and the straps are teacher-appropriate. But even if they weren't...

... I crocheted a shrug! This way I can still get my sweet Southern glow when supervising sunny day recesses while giving the suggestion of teacherly propriety.

Love how the center circles line up so perfectly. Didn't plan that. The chest piece is backed in black so some of my construction shows through (oh well), but over all I love the way these pieces turned out, especially since I used a tutorial rather than a pattern for the dress and completely winged the shrug! :-) There's really nothing like finishing well. Now to enjoy some of that sunshine...

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Recently

Been enjoying these...

Creating these...
Hand-painted fat quarters for Sew, Mama, Sew!'s fat quarter swap

Seeing life from new perspectives...

Reveling in...

Completing these...
Hand-sewn trees and rotary-cut trunks awaiting further piecing.
I chose to include bits of the foreground floral fabric in every quilt I create for my family, including the cathedral window chuppah and each baby quilt.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Wedding-Minded (Giveaway!)

So the plan is to have a good section of my cathedral window quilt finished in time to be the chuppah at my wedding, then pin it to poles and have my two best girlfriends and the groom's two best guy friends holding the poles for the ceremony.


Great idea, right? Even though I'm not engaged?


This is the section I want completed for that occasion. This is what I've been spending a lot of time on. Well, this and...

...

...helping my best friend prepare for HER wedding! A week ago she wasn't even dating him, but within a few short days she and her best male friend have decided to tie the knot! We went dress shopping yesterday and found it! (White it is not, but the color of her vibrant life it most certainly is! We artists tend to come in flocks, after all.) The date is set for early May, but a good old-fashioned elopement has been considered as well.

And now to the giveaway. I'd begun working on a sort of wedding quilt for her before Christmas. At the time there was a different groom in mind, a friend from past seasons of life. The idea I worked with consisted of tubes of fabric scrunched into circles and flowers and tacked together, about 100 in all.


I want to give all that away.


Consider it a sort of scrap bag. Use the circles or flowers as they are or snip 'em apart for other projects. I don't care. I just figured someone would want them more than I want to add them to a landfill. :-)

GIVEAWAY RULES:

Leave a comment on this post by April 10, 2010, and I'll pick a number from random.org. Make sure you have an active email address so I can email you and get your address.

That's it.

If you're wondering what to comment about, feel free to leave some marriage advice you live by. Or not. Whatever. I just want this stuff gone :-)

ENJOY!